Category Archives: Obi

Back in the groove


I’ve been buying kimono again, for the first time this year. I’ve been on a bit of a splurge lately. The reason was that someone asked me if I still buy kimono, which made me realise I hadn’t bought one since around July 2013, nearly a year ago. How strange, I thought. I was busy organising a mini exhibition of… Read more »



I have been making obi purchases with a little more care recently. I have been trying to focus on obi and accessories rather than kimono lately. My kimono habit, which is completely out of control, means that I have a really nice selection of kimono but very little in the way of juban, obi and accessories. I realised I had… Read more »

The do’s and don’ts of buying kimono


What the Japanese will and won’t do in kimono. I’ve been reading some kimono books lately, especially The New Kimono by the editors of Nanao magazine. It’s intriguing to me as a Westerner which rules the Japanese are willing and unwilling to break, and also which colour combinations they feel are chic, old-fashioned, permissible, not permissible, indicative of spring or… Read more »

Playing with obis


Here are my first attempts at tying a taiko musubi. Not bad for a beginner, I think. I don’t normally kitsuke – dress in kimono Japanese style – but on Saturday it was pouring it down with rain, so I thought I’d give it a try. I have in a few fukuro obis, bought for display – they normally hang… Read more »

Obi fabric


My new obi fabric arrived yesterday – can’t wait to turn it into a ‘fake’ obi. I bought this bit of obi fabric on Ebay last week for a couple of dollars and it arrived in the post yesterday. My plan is to cut it in half lengthways, join the two bits together and add a velcro closure, to create… Read more »

Obi stays


An obi stay keeps your obi from creasing and provides some structure for added cords and obiage. Many women who wear kimono rather enjoy the restriction of a tight obi, but I do want to be comfortable in my kimono, which is why I’m trying to find a compromise between what looks best and what feels best. So I’ve been… Read more »